Devonshire Cream Tea

Straight from our friend Gavin in the UK! The history associated with these most delicious and World Famous of Afternoon Teas is both long and interesting. It was in the mid 1600's when tea first became really "fashionable" in the UK, and that was all because of a Portuguese Princess, Catherine of Braganza, who loved …

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British East India Company, part 1

by Stephanie Hanson Part 1 On New Year’s Eve, 1600, Queen Elizabeth chartered the East India Company. She could hardly have known the lasting impact that that charter would have over the next several centuries. When the English saw the success of the Portuguese in trading with China, they jumped in, along with the Dutch …

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